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Sale Cannot Do Everything

August 31 at Detroit


Toon Squad Update:
Swiper
The Tigers stole victories all series long.

Short Take:   Chris Sale throws eight innings, but more anemic offense leads to walkoff sweep.

Jose Quintana has finally been getting some deserved run support recently, but his notorious rotten luck has found a new host in Chris Sale. After throwing a complete-game loss against Seattle last Friday, many were hoping his next start, which came Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers, would have a happier ending. It would have if the offense knew how to give him proper run support. That didn't happen and the Sox lost 3-2, giving the Tigers a three-game sweep.

Sale was economical for most of his eight innings of work. He mainly pitched to contact in his first six frames and it worked pretty well. His only blemish to that point came in the fifth when JaCoby Jones' leadoff double scored on an Andrew Romine single. In the seventh, he struck out the side. His pitch count was low at that point, so he could afford to play around a little bit.

The offense was tasked with solving Justin Verlander. The longtime Tigers ace lived up to his name, striking out nine in seven innings. He ran into trouble with two outs in the fourth when Jose Abreu and Alex Avila hit back-to-back solo homers. But Verlander got help from Kyle Ryan and Francisco Rodriguez on an afternoon in which the Sox got just four hits and finished 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.

You can't win if you can't hit and Sale was forced to relearn this in the eighth. Ian Kinsler led off with a double and two outs later, Sox killer J.D. Martinez lived up to his name by singling in the tying run. David Robertson came on for the ninth, forcing Sale into a no-decision. Jones doubled for the second time on the second pitch and eventually scored on a Tyler Collins sacrifice fly that Avisail Garcia made a very poor throw on from shallow left.

For those keeping score, that's an 11-29 record this season against AL Central teams that aren't the Minnesota Twins. It's been a year filled with constant thoughts of what might have been. Instead, poor offense has put too much pressure on an above-average pitching staff that has regularly and unfairly paid the price. That it happens so frequently against the teams you need to beat to reach the playoffs makes it all the more maddening.

The Sox might have a good antidote for their woes starting Thursday when they open a four-game series against the aforementioned Twins. Jose Quintana will take the ball against Ervin Santana. It starts at 7:10 if you're still interested in watching this team. Believe it or not, some of us are.

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